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MSNBC
Sep 12, 2012 9:00am PDT
further military intervention. the other problem for the white house on this, libya seemed to sort of be buttoned up in so far as we thought that's going to be in the ledger of wins. this unwinds all of that and creates a different narrative. >> maybe, maybe not. you need to wait and see what happens and give it a little time. what john said was right. we still don't really know the details of what went on in tbeni or cairo and the reactive nature of the romney campaign is problematic. what's strange about it is, maybe there is a point, a good point to be made in a couple days about like what happened and what the, you know, what the security measures were and maybe the lack of preparations or something, who knows, but the point is to jump on it right away, not give people a chance to find out what the facts are, it's -- i mean, it really is like -- it suggests a level of desperations and a real need for an opportunity and, you know, i mean the race is winding down so you understand it, but on the other hand, it's not presidential. >> let's be just clear about one thing. on a coupl
MSNBC
Sep 27, 2012 12:00pm EDT
in northern libya. i guess the question, as a senior political rorter at politicois, iis is this -- how do you assess the white house's handling of this in materi terms of the message and the back and forth of susan rice and the president. >>o it's hard right now to kindov t ad little bit. i think that they could have had huge issues right after the attack, vis-a-vis security, vis-a-vis egypt if mitt romney hadn't gotten in the way. >> right. >> i think that was a big deal he got in the way because that distcted crsn f at least ten days, him attacking the president. i think now, people have moved back to the economy a little bit. i don't know that people are foe cutting on this as much. >> richard, there's going to be on october 22nd the thirdebate cuseonor pynd you can bet the republicans will use this against the president, perhaps we'll have more detailed. how much has he been weakened by the benghazi attack? >> not hugely, to be honest because he struck, as lois said a dignified tone, the presidens respse w yoec f the head of state, from national leader. you know, this is a -
MSNBC
Sep 24, 2012 9:00am PDT
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MSNBC
Sep 21, 2012 9:00am PDT
this libya incident. yesterday was a stumble but i think they've been feeling quite confident and you see it in his demeanor, you see it in the crowds pretty excited out there. and i think that's how it's going to -- i mean i think you know what they don't want -- i saw bob woodward say -- talking about the october surprise and i think that libya moment, there was this sense of oh, my gosh, is this going to be the thing that blows up in our face. now we've moved through, romney keeps having secret videos of him hating poor people coming out. >> i don't think there's secret videos of him hating poor people. >> i don't know that they've moved through libya. yesterday you had the white house say for the first time this was a southwest evident terror attack -- self-evident terror attack. >> a complete walk back from everything susan rice said. >> with the caveat -- it's not over yet. >> i don't think we can say -- >> maggie is not done with this yet. i don't think the white house is done with it. >> if you look at any foreign policy issue during the election, they flare up for a day and e
MSNBC
Sep 3, 2012 12:00pm EDT
the bin laden raid as being the example of an obama doctrine. i would point to libya and the contrast between overthrowing a dictator in iraq at the cost of a trillion dollars, overthrowing a dictator in libya at the cost of just over a billion dollars, and so what obama has done is preserved american leadership while the republicans have suggested there's been a decline in american leadership. >> yet susan, even on the libya stuff, this leading from behind seems to haunt the president. i want to call to your attention condoleezza rice's comments when she said where does america stand. let's hear what she had to say. >> where does america stand. indeed, indeed, that is the question of the hour. where does america stand. you see, when friends or foes alike don't know the answer to that question, unambiguously and clearly, the world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place. >> susan, do you think that's fair? do you think that friends or foes of this country don't know where america stands? >> well, i think what you're hearing is a lot of campaign season rhetoric on b
MSNBC
Sep 20, 2012 12:00pm EDT
stories and drop them. there are still very active protests go on in libya, egypting pakistan, lebanon, iran related to this and not only this. what do you think the president needs to do, beyond the statements that have already been made to deal with what is a large crisis that related to u.s. interests? >> well, first of all, american values are not just about free speech. we went through a debate around the conventions respecting faith. it's very american to say we respect other people's faiths. it's not -- it's just not only christianity. we need to respect people of all faiths and people who don't have faith at all. the bigger question about american engagement is really comes to the point of democracy building. there need to be the room, the space in a cross arab countries where moderate parties, moderate islamist parties can emerge and that's what these demonstrations don't allow. and, if, an interesting part of the dynamic if everything america does is terrible and gets a mob out, there is no room for what we have, for instance, in an allied country like turkey, not muslim coun
MSNBC
Sep 18, 2012 12:00pm EDT
potential president, and if you think about the libya comments last week and these comments this week, this is a person not coming across as a serious, sober presidential person, big enough tofy fill that chair. >> it's also there's a bigger problem than that. i completely agree but i also think it shows, david brooks said this, a lack of understanding of this country and who the people who inhabit this country are and what the experience is. more and more americans have an experience in the terms of role of government than the republican narrative is willing to acknowledge and they're not lazy and they're not victims and they're not not willing to work hard. an increasing number of americans are stepping back saying that's not my life, how i live, how i think of myself and are offended by the idea he's so dismissive of half of the country and of the experience and the life reality of half the country. >> i thought it was questionable when he said, i don't really like focusing on process. this is not about process. this is about policy. david brooks writes romney criticized president obama
MSNBC
Sep 19, 2012 9:00am PDT
what happened in libya the way he did and you talk about, you know, the 47% even if it was in a private setting, maybe it revealed sort of your true thoughts and emotions about an awful lot of people this country, that can be pretty disheartening and discouraging, i would think, to a lot of people, republicans and independents and democrats and so this is not a good time -- there's a lot of time left without a doubt, but it's not moving in the right direction for governor romney right now. >> the other question, governor, is certainly there are issues being raised for mitt romney's candidacy but other folks trying to get re-elected down ballot and the problems his comment mace have caused for those republicans we played or i mentioned the comments made by scott brown, linda mcmahon has tried to distance herself. what do you see as the broader repercussions within the party as far as folks trying to get into the senate or house or re-elected? >> well, you could see more of that. i mean if this continues, this trend continues, and the difficulties within the romney campaign continue to ex
MSNBC
Sep 17, 2012 12:00pm EDT
six nato members elsewhere in the country this weekend. in libya conflicting opinions on whether the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi was premed cate tated. >> our current assessment is what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a response tains you reaction of what had transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facilities in cairo which were prompted by the video. >> the way these perpetrators acted and moved, this leaves us with no doubt that this was preplanned, predetermined. >> nbc's ayman mohyeldin is live in libya. two wildly differing accounts as to what these attacks and the source of, you know, who executed them. i guess, in terms of the intel that you have over there, do we have any further information regarding whether they were premeditated or not? just how much this individual was the had thing that sort of set off the blaze of muslim protests across the muslim world? >> well, at this particular stage it seems it's a little bit of a hybrid between the two different accounts that we heard there between the u.s. amb
MSNBC
Sep 25, 2012 9:00am PDT
and center. president obama used the ait tack on the u.s. consulate in libya and the death on ambassador stevens to make the case for a broader philosophy regarding the future of the relations between the middle east and the west. >> the events of the last two weeks also speaks to the need for all of us to honestly address the tensions between the west and the arab world that is moving towards democracy. >> while he made clear that the video that sparked the violence was not reflective of american values the president defended the u.s. response and underscored that free speech is essential to prosperity and to peace. >> as president of our country, and commander in chief of our military, i accept that people are going to call me awful things every day. and i will always defend their right to do so. >> the president then made a pitch to enlist the arab world in combatting extremism. >> a politics based only on anger, one based on dividing the world betweens us and them, not only sets back international cooperation, it ultimately undermines those who tolerate it. all of us have
MSNBC
Sep 14, 2012 12:00pm EDT
and the secretary of state will be greeting the remains of chris stevens, the ambassador to libya, i think it is with heavy hearts the nation welcomes back his body under tragic circumstances. want to talk about sort of the larger picture here which is just how this thing started sort of, you know, in one corner of the world and has spread rapidly throughout the muslim world from africa to southeast asia. you are a military and defense expert. what do you make of the situation in terms of how we protect american interests overseas at the same time accounting for the fact that we are a country with free speech and civil liberties are a big part of what makes america. >> you know what word i've been thinking of this morning, patience. we've seen this before. notably you'll recall at the end of the cold war, communists and authoritarian governments fell or crept away to be replaced by jub lens and very quickly what happened was, the extremist groups sprang up to take advantage. there was a big struggle for power all across the former communist world and there was a lot of violence. what
MSNBC
Sep 13, 2012 9:00am PDT
can try to say america needs to project leadership. what are we are going to do in libya right now in terms of leadership that they're talking about? >> right. >> there a role for the military? is that the kind of strength that they assume? one thing you would think about the kinds of advisers about mitt romney they would have learned some lessons from their experience in iraq, namely that military, american military, is the supreme fighting force this world has ever seen. they're freetremendously good a fighting wars and winning wars. the whole post-regime change sent nar yo was a mess, to put it mildly. at that point you need diplomats. they are going to be at risk. you cannot project power and say to a diplomat, you're going to go out in an armored vehicle, surrounded by people who will protect you against rocket propelled grenades. that's not what diplomats can do. this is dangerous work but if america wants to lead on democracy has to do in. parts of the world where we are not working with allies or enemies, that's exactly where america needs to insert itself, put out your press
MSNBC
Sep 27, 2012 9:00am PDT
house has handled this. the white house is saying what happened in libya was a terrorist attack, secretary of state clinton has walked back specifics as to whether the attack was driven by or carried out by an al qaeda affiliate in northern libya. i guess the question, as a senior political reporter at politico is, is this -- is this -- how do you assess the white house's handling of this in materi terms of the message and the back and forth of susan rice and the president. >> so it's hard right now to kind of move that around a little bit. i think that they could have had huge issues right after the attack, vis-a-vis security, vis-a-vis egypt if mitt romney hadn't gotten in the way. >> right. >> i think that was a big deal he got in the way because that distracted the conversation for at least ten days, him attacking the president. i think now, people have moved back to the economy a little bit. i don't know that people are foe cutting on this as much. >> richard, there's going to be on october 22nd the third debate focused on foreign policy and you can bet the republicans will
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